Book Title: Beanstalk
Author: John Rackham
Year Published: 1973
Tagline: Magic Seeds – NO! Galactic History – YES!
The Elevator Pitch: It’s Jack & the Beanstalk…but in space! With nudity!
158 pages of teeny, tiny type. Even in less than 200 pages, this book manages to give excruciatingly detailed descriptions of pretty much everyone and everything. In fact, [SPOILER ALERT] Jack doesn’t go up that (space!) beanstalk until page 46.
If you are familiar with the fairytale of Jack & the Beanstalk then you know what happens in this book – the exceptions being that an alien builds the beanstalk to get to a space station, and the magic harp from the original story has been replaced by a naked lady in a cage. Did I mention that the naked lady is also a famous singer and (space!) prostitute?
We also get to marvel along with Jack as he first enters the alien spaceship:
But after a moment to adjust to the dimmer, different light, he saw that the “ship” was very much bigger inside than seemed possible from a distant view.
Bigger on the inside you say? Amazing!
This was actually pretty good, all things considered. But, I also watch “Once Upon a Time” – so I think we all know where my taste level is.
What are you guys reading this week?